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Saudi king’s gift should fulfill ‘contract with humanity’

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/saudi_kings_gift_should_fulfill_contract_with_humanity_20071123

We are in receipt of a refreshing piece of news from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia via the New York Times: "On a marshy peninsula 50 miles from this Red Sea port, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is staking $12.5 billion on a gargantuan bid to catch up with the West in science and technology." This is not some humdrum investment. King Abdullah University for Science and Technology will create one of the world's 10 most endowed science centers and, if it also manages to create an environment of academic freedom, might well be what the Arab world needs at this juncture of history.

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